Student political activism is on the rise and many organizations around the country are trying to get even more young people involved.
Pennsylvania chapters of the League of Women Voters said they’re targeting young voters while the iron is hot.
“We start rallying the next generation of leaders and voters, they’re going to say, ‘oh yeah, we wanna move on to that topic,’ said Fran Rodriguez, president of League of Women voters for Lancaster County.
The world watched as teenage activists took center stage to fight for gun reform after the school shooting in in Parkland, Florida. Their enthusiasm for their cause seems to have spread throughout the county.
To capitalize on this, league chapters are using grant money to go into high schools and register students to vote. They have mixed reactions sometimes when students resist and say they don’t want to make decisions.
However, McCormick says most teens and young adults are ready to take on the world.
“Young adults and youth are so fired up and so passionate about safety, and so we’re in front of them saying safety is important, but what’s really important is your voice,” Rodriguez said.